Bringing Exploration to Life for Learners
At National Geographic, we believe in the power of exploration, wonder, and storytelling to change the world.
To support educators and families and to keep young minds engaged this summer, we are pleased to share our first-ever National Geographic Summer Learning Series. Over the course of eight weeks, National Geographic will offer unique opportunities for young people to stay engaged in meaningful learning, ignite their spirit of exploration, and connect with others. Each week, virtually visit a different part of the world and learn about its geographic features, population, climate, ecology, biodiversity, culture, history and more.
Starting the week of June 15th, Explorer Classroom has a new schedule. Join us on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The live video events, streamed on YouTube, connect young people with National Geographic Explorers—leading scientists, researchers, educators and storytellers—as they share their stories and experiences from the field.
Events are free and open to the public. Register for a chance at one of six on-camera spots to ask Explorers your questions face to face!
See our full line-up below:
August 5th | 2:00PM ET
Whale scientist Ari Friedlaender’s work focuses on using tag technology to study the underwater behavior of marine mammals around the world. Ari’s research spans the globe, having made over 35 trips to Antarctica over the past 20 years to study the foraging behavior and implications of climate change on humpback and minke whales. Join us to learn more about these majestic creatures and what we can do to save them.
August 6th | 2:00PM ET
Liz Thomas is a paleoclimatologist, specializing in Antarctic climate variability. She has led several expeditions to Antarctica, the Arctic (Greenland and Svalbard) and most recently an expedition to drill the first ever ice cores from the sub-Antarctic islands. Join Liz to learn more about working in Antarctica, and studying the region’s climate.
August 4th | 2:00PM ET
Heather Lynch is a quantitative ecologist whose research is dedicated to understanding the population dynamics of Antarctic wildlife, with a particular focus on Antarctic penguins. She has over a decade of field experience in Antarctica and has helped pioneer the use of satellite imagery for studying the distribution and abundance of Antarctic seabirds. Heather has studied at Princeton and Harvard Universities, and is currently a professor at Stony Brook University. Join host and Young Explorer Sahar Mohammadzadeh in conversation with Heather about her inspiring career and discover how you can build a blueprint for a potential career in science and education.
This event is recommended for youth ages 16 and up.
August 7th | 2:00PM ET
Join National Geographic Explorers and photographers Lynn Johnson and Hannah Reyes Morales as they discuss the power of photography to explore topics of resilience, empathy, and hope. They’ll also focus on the value of listening to the people one is photographing in order to not only see, but to understand the stories and people we have the privilege of documenting. As this is our final event in the series, participants will not be given a new assignment. Instead, they’ll be given the opportunity to talk about the stories they believe are important to tell during this poignant historical moment, and the plans they have to implement the concepts they learned during the eight-week Photo Camp Live series in photography projects they take on in the future.
This event is recommended for storytellers ages 16 and up.
12 de agosto 11AM CDMX (CT) / 12PM ET
Tania Pelamatti es bióloga marina que trabaja con tiburones y rayas en México. Sus estudios de doctorado se enfocaron en la interacción de las mantas gigantes con la contaminación de plásticos en el Océano Pacífico Mexicano. Su proyecto fue apoyado por National Geographic Society.
Participating in Explorer Classroom is as easy as 1, 2, 3
Select an event, then use the “Register Here” link to sign up.
We’ll email you instructions for how to join your event.
We’ll let you know if you were selected for an on-screen spot.
Use the Educator and Family Guides to brainstorm questions for the Explorer.
Watch & Ask Questions
Tune in at the scheduled time and date for your event.
We’ll see you there!
Looking for other ways spark curiosity and wonder for learners outside of the classroom?
Explorer our Learn at Home Resources to teach, connect with and inspire K-12 learners.
The materials are free, curated and easy to implement.
Check out some highlights below or explore our full archive on YouTube.
Shivani Bhalla is working to safeguard the future of Kenya's rapidly declining lion populations. There are now fewer than 2,000 lions in Kenya, and they could vanish within twenty years. Shivani founded the conservation organization Ewaso Lions to promote coexistence between people and lions.
Supported by Canon
Join Asha de Vos to learn about the "unorthodox blue whales" of the northern Indian Ocean.
Explorer Imogen Napper is passionate about being part of the solution to ocean plastics. Her work recently helped influence the ban of microbeads in cosmetics internationally. The “Sea to Source: Ganges” expedition is the first of several international river expeditions planned as part of National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? initiative, which aims to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastic that reaches the ocean.
Wildlife filmmaker Bertie Gregory has channeled his childhood obsession with wild animals into a career. Join him in the field in Arctic Canada where he’s filming for his latest project.
Supported by Canon
Explorer Katlin Bowman has spent nearly a year of her life at sea, spanning 12 expeditions. She studies the rising mercury in marine environments, due to human activities like fossil fuel combustion and gold mining. Currently, Katlin is studying how microplastic pollution in San Francisco Bay impacts mercury cycling.
Marina Elliott is a biological Anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer. She is currently working in the Rising Star Cave system.
Known as “Her Deepness” for her record-breaking accomplishments beneath the ocean’s surface, Dr. Sylvia Earle has been named a “living legend” by the Library of Congress and the first “Hero for the Planet” by Time.